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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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  • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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    • WW90
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  • Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017  Front Label
    Rupert & Rothschild Rouge Classique 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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    • Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017 Front Label
      Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017
      Other Red Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
      • D95
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    • Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2018  Front Label
      Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend 2018
      Other Red Blends from South Africa
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      • Graham Beck Brut Rose  Front Label
        Graham Beck Brut Rose
        Rosé Sparkling Wine from South Africa
        • TA91
        • D90
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      • Kanonkop Pinotage 2018  Front Label
        Kanonkop Pinotage 2018
        Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
        • RP90
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      • Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
        Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2018
        Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
        • RP90
        4.2 5 Ratings
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      • Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2017  Front Label
        Badenhorst Family Red Blend 2017
        Other Red Blends from South Africa
        • TA94
        • RP92
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      • Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
        Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2020
        Sauvignon Blanc from Robertson, South Africa
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        • Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
          Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2019
          Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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          • Tokara Director's Reserve White 2016  Front Label
            Tokara Director's Reserve White 2016
            Bordeaux White Blends from Stellenbosch, South Africa
            • TA95
            • RP90
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          • Excelsior Syrah 2018  Front Bottle Shot
            Excelsior Syrah 2018
            Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
              3.8 24 Ratings
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            • Braai Pinotage 2019  Front Label
              Braai Pinotage 2019
              Pinotage from South Africa
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              • Graham Beck Bliss Demi Sec  Front Label
                Graham Beck Bliss Demi Sec
                Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from South Africa
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                • Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
                  Braai Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                  • Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                    Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                    Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
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                    • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
                      Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
                      Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
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                      • Indaba Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                        Indaba Chardonnay 2019
                        Chardonnay from South Africa
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                        • Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2017  Front Label
                          Ernie Els Big Easy Red Blend 2017
                          Other Red Blends from South Africa
                            3.8 66 Ratings
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                          • Klein Constantia Estate Red Blend 2017  Front Label
                            Klein Constantia Estate Red Blend 2017
                            Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
                            • JS93
                            • TA91
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                          • Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2018  Front Bottle Shot
                            Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2018
                            Rhone Red Blends from Swartland, South Africa
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                            • Indaba Merlot 2019  Front Label
                              Indaba Merlot 2019
                              Merlot from South Africa
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                              • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                                Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2019
                                Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                • Meerlust Rubicon 2016  Front Label
                                  Meerlust Rubicon 2016
                                  Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
                                  • D93
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                                  • RP90
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                                • Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2013  Front Label
                                  Glenelly Estate Reserve Red 2013
                                  Other Red Blends from South Africa
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                                  • RP90
                                  3.8 21 Ratings
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